David leads research at China Policy, with main responsibility for the geopolitics team. Over thirty years his work has ranged widely across issues affecting China’s economic, political, and social institutions. These threads combine in his current work on China’s strategic positioning, political risk and the external impact of domestic policy.
David models policy risk with the aid of a three dimensional paradigm: legacy issues specific to Chinese history; ‘deep troubles’ that all policies seek to address, and China’s official belief system, which he in turn maps using a minimum set of ‘Seven Chinas’. His close engagement with academic and research institutions in China affords him access to the conversation on governance and reform among the government’s senior advisors.
David is a regular media commentator on Chinese affairs including for the BBC, the ABC, the Financial Times, The Economist, Al Jazeera, Sky News and Voice of America. He holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Sydney, has held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Chicago, and worked at Australian National University, University of New South Wales, the National University of Singapore and Peking University.